Knicks to play Bucks in London

The Knicks will play the Milwaukee Bucks across the pond next season.

The two teams will play in London on January 15, 2015, the league announced, as part of the Global Games schedule.

“While London and Mexico City each have their own unique culture, they both have rich sports traditions and share a great passion for the NBA,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “These regular-season games will bring the excitement and incredible competition of our league to more fans in Europe and Latin America.”

The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves will play at the Mexico City Arena on November 12.




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VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@OLDKNICK If the dude opts out, and you even sniff that he's not interested in returning, as a GM, you gotta push for a S&T.

People here may be too short sighted to see it, but Melo is a player just about every team and coach (not named cancerous G Karl) would kill to have.

If doesn't want to resign, you go all in for a S&T with a team like Cleveland, Kings, etc (teams with assets), LA with their lottery pick, et al.

If he resigns, it's all good. If he doesn't you pull the trigger on any solid and worthy trade scenario.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK 

Once Melo opts out, he is an unrestricted free agent. So we can't trade him, unless he agrees to a sign and trade.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay Like I said, that's to be competitive a couple of years from now.


I want to bounce back next season.

The series of players you've named aren't enough. And for guys like Mirotic, it hasn't even been confirmed that he'll come to the NBA next season (in fact, he's already received offers from different teams in Spain).

Houston has been clear that their trading chips are Asik and Lin. That's not enough, by a long shot.

Chicago's so cheap that it's not even certain that they'll make a run for Melo. What assets can Chicago offer? Reports say that Gibson's already been told that he'll be a starter next season. That means that they're only assets are late 1st round picks +  Snell + Butler, which effectively leaves Chicago with no wing play at all.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @illmatix @VerySilentJay @OLDKNICK Time will tell.

Imo, given the circumstances -in terms of assets and our cap situation-, Melo either walks for nothing or the Knicks acquire pieces to be competitive a couple of years from now via S&T.

There's nothing Chcago or Houston can give us to make us a competitive team straight out of the gate with a rookie coach (most likely) and no real difference makers on the team.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@illmatix Unless Phil's plan is to rebuild from scratch.

Then you ask for a lottery pick for next year's draft and and go all out for draft day in the upcoming draft, and so on and son to clean house.

As of now, people need to understand that, realistically, keeping Melo and hoping Phil gets creative is the only way we can be competitive (read, get into the playoffs) next season.